Before there were handprints of Nicholas Cage and Adam Sandler (!!), there were classic film stars in the Chinese Theater Forecourt.
As the story goes, silent film actress Mary Pickford, who invested in the theater, helped give co-owner Sid Grauman the idea for the footprints in 1927 when he accidentally stepped in wet concrete. He said it was "...pure accident. I walked right into it. While we were building the theatre, I accidentally happened to step in some soft concrete. And there it was. So, Mary put her foot into it too."